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Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, walked a marathon last Saturday to raise funds for the charity.
The fundraiser was part of the national effort being organised by the London Marathon and UK charities – called Challenge 2.6 – that took place on 25 and 26 April.
“All charities have seen a big drop in income because of the Covid-19 crisis and the QNI is no exception”
The challenge encouraged charities to raise funds in multiples of 26 – the same number of miles as a marathon.
Dr Oldman was seeking to raise £2,600 over the two days and in fact raised nearly £9,000.
She noted that the QNI was facing a “major fall in income at the same time as nurses are most in need”, due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
“Many nurses in the community are facing unprecedented challenges, adapting quickly to care for large numbers of patients in new ways,” said Dr Oldman.
“This is causing huge personal and professional stress for nurses of all backgrounds, including those who work within and who support care homes, nurses who work with homeless people, and all of the most vulnerable groups in our society.”
She added: “All charities have seen a big drop in income because of the Covid-19 crisis and the QNI is no exception: it is likely that our income this year will fall by over half.
“I am absolutely passionate that we must continue to provide the same level of support that we have done to community nurses for over 130 years, and which is needed now more than ever.”
All the money raised will go towards supporting the QNI’s new Listening Service, an initiative to offer emotional support to all nurses working in the community and social care settings.
Trained members of staff, most of whom are Queen’s Nurses, will be staffing the new Listening Service, which was launched on Monday 27th April.
Dr Oldman thanked “each and every person who donated so generously” to the QNI to support this new service.
“The amount raised has enabled more than 100 community nurses to have a safe space to share their experiences and gain emotional support from our trained listeners,” she said.
To sponsor Dr Oldman visit her JustGiving page